Milwaukee Jewish Federation >> Economic Forum 2021
NEW THIS YEAR:
Corporate Partnership Program, plus two forums for the price of one!
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Noon – 1 pm
RSVP to attend.
Late Fall, 2021 (or when we can gather again safely)
Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Economic Forum convenes the business community to hear a world-class expert explore an issue of importance to our economy followed by a panel of experts analyzing the issue through a local lens.
This year, we’re offering two forums – one in June and one in November. The June forum will focus on food as an example of Milwaukee’s resilience and as a mechanism for revitalizing our local economy.
The panelists of the virtual forum will seek to answer looming questions such as: How does food propel redevelopment? How do we meet the challenges of food insecurity and food deserts? What trends do we see in our hospitality industry and its impact on our city?
A Nobel Peace Prize nominee who is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator and founder of World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that sees food as a vehicle for empowering communities and strengthening economies. He is a multiple James Beard Award-winning chef and recipient of the 2018 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year award. Learn more about Chef Andres.
CAITLIN CULLEN is the chef and owner of the Tandem restaurant, at 18th and Fond Du Lac on Milwaukee’s North Side. Since 2016, the Tandem has been serving scratch southern cooking while training the future of Milwaukee’s culinary workforce, one young person at a time. Caitlin is committed to building bridges between communities to make Milwaukee a more inviting place for all.
JOANNE SABIR, Co-founder of The Shindig , LLC , Sauce and Spice Pizza, LLC, Freedom Endeavors , LLC, and The Sherman Phoenix, LLC has earned a reputation in Milwaukee as a premier community development leader and serial entrepreneur with a gift for cultivating impactful relationships across communities while addressing the challenges of revitalizing neighborhoods.
Milwaukee business owner and community leader OMAR SHAIKH is well-known for his award-winning restaurant Carnevor, one of the top-rated steakhouses in Wisconsin known for its amazing customer service and mouth-watering cuisine. He is also a partner in Wisconsin Ticket Concierge, O & B Consulting, and 3rd Street Market Hall at The Avenue and Tuk Tuk Chicago, a short-distance electric cab service.
He strongly believes in giving back to the community and is chairman of the Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet, which has put together the ‘Three Days of Christmas’ initiative that provides holiday meals and gifts for non-profit groups.
KIRA LAFOND became Market President and Publisher of Milwaukee Business Journal in July of 2016.
Prior to becoming Publisher, Kira served as the Milwaukee Business Journal Director of Advertising for two years. She spent the balance of her 30+ year career in radio sales and management where she led teams of as many as 100 to financial success.
Linda Gorens-Levey is a Partner of General Capital Group. She is one of four co-chairs for this event and was instrumental in the growth of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s original Economic Forum series.
Gregory S. Marcus is president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation, a Milwaukee based leader in lodging and entertainment. He is a director of many philanthropic and non-profit organizations in Milwaukee
David Lubar is President and CEO of Lubar & Co., a Milwaukee-based private investment firm that invests in middle market operating companies with a focus on long term growth. He is a board director of many philanthropic and private organizations.
Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Economic Forum is a premiere networking event with top Milwaukee business leaders convened in support of the Jewish community while exploring relevant issues of importance to the economic success of our city and region. It is an effort to support our business community and to help Milwaukee thrive. For seven consecutive years the Economic Forum has drawn a sell out crowd of 650 guests and over 50 corporate sponsors. The Milwaukee Business Journal notes that “The Forum always draws a VIP crowd” and attracts the “who’s who of the local business community.”
New this year we are offering a full Corporate Partnership Program to businesses, in addition to adding a virtual Economic Forum in June 2021 to compliment our existing in-person Economic Forum in late Fall 2021 (or when we can gather again safely).
The Milwaukee Jewish Federation strives to preserve and strengthen the quality of Jewish life in greater Milwaukee, in Wisconsin, in Israel and around the world through philanthropic, volunteer and professional leadership. We care for our most vulnerable, build and strengthen Jewish identity and education, invest in our partner agencies as well as our own programs and services to help improve the greater Milwaukee community and beyond.
We are part of a national movement that has an impact in 70 countries. Collectively, Jewish Federations from across North America are among the top 10 charities in the world.
*See 2021-2022 Corporate Partnership Program
Julie Schack, VP of Philanthropy